Old MacDonald Duck
Studio: Disney Release Date : September 12, 1941 Series: Donald Duck
  1. General Info

Cumulative rating: No Ratings Posted

Synopsis

Farmer Donald goes through his farmer day until a fly causes him to lose control while milking a cow.

Characters

Donald Duck
(Voice: Clarence "Ducky" Nash)

Credits

Director

James Patton "Jack" King

Animator

Paul Allen
Edward "Ed" Love

Story

Carl Barks
Jack Hannah

Producer

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Trivia

  • A part of this short was used in the feature film, "The Reluctant Dragon."

Television

Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 32)
The Mickey Mouse Club (Season 3, Episode 2)

Video Information

VHS

Germany

Donalds Größte Hits

France

Le Meilleur de Donald

Italy

I Capolavori di Paperino
Video Parade 14

Laserdisc (CLV)

Japan

All Star Cartoon Review
Donald's Greatest Hits

DVD

United States

The Chronological Donald: Volume 1: 1934-1941
Starring Donald

Germany

Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1

Italy

Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1

United Kingdom

Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1

Sweden

Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1

Canada

Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 2 : Starring Donald

Netherlands / Belgium

The Chronological Donald: Volume Eén: 1934-1941

Technical Specifications

MPAA Rating: G
MPAA No.: 6793
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Country: United States

Reviews and Comments

From Ryan :

This is definitely a classic Donald short. I love the part where he milks his cow Clementine (who has been up in a tree eating leaves) and a bee keeps bugging them. The animation was also nicely done, especially the drawing of the barn when Donald calls for Clementine. It was a wonderful perspective drawing. I have only seen the black and white version of this short on the "Mickey Mouse Club." I bet the original color version would look a lot better.

From Baruch Weiss :

I thought that this short was okay. I enjoyed the scene where Old MacDonald Duck (hence the name of this cartoon) is looking for Clementine who was up in a tree eating leaves. She seemed to have gotten down okay, but how she got up there in the first place is an enigma to me; perhaps she climbed up. After all, in a cartoon anything is possible! I also enjoy the scene where a fly bothers the cow and as she swishes her tale it ends up on Donald's head appearing as if he has a tuft of hair!

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

We’ve seen Donald in many different roles – Romeo, “loving” uncle and performer to name a few. In Old MacDonald Duck, though, we see him as a farmer, another role for this versatile duck. It’s an interesting take on Donald, but one that lends itself to his ideal situation – to get increasingly frustrated throughout the short.

The opening scenes of this short are simply a “music video” with Donald singing “Old McDonald.” As he sings, he tends the farm, wiggles his tail feathers, and exhorts the pigs and other animals to join in the song. It’s a cute piece, and does the job of setting the scene very well. You get a great sense of Donald the farmer as a carefree guy just enjoying the fresh air and tending his livestock.

It’s when Donald gets entangled with his dairy cow, Clementine, that things get interesting. The animation does a fantastic job of setting up Clementine as a character. We first see her up in a tree, which seems so odd, but then seeing her float down to Earth, you instantly get an idea of who this character is. Clementine is a gentle cow, happy to help, but as you can see from her expressions, always ready to cross over the line to mischievous.

The milking goes fine for a moment, until a fly shows up to bother both Clementine and Donald throughout the rest of the film. The fly is a daring antagonist, buzzing around Clementine’s nose until she ultimately swats at him, hitting Donald instead. As usual, though, Donald escalates things to a dangerous level.

The funniest bit is when Donald starts getting mixed up, and ends up with his straw hat under Clementine, the stool on his head and sitting on the milk bucket. You can see where this is going, right? Sure enough, the milk ends up dumped all over Donald’s head, after some hilarious quick switcheroos.

My favorite bit, though, was when Donald began aiming the cow’s udders at the fly, shooting milk like weaponry. It’s so ridiculous that it is perfect for Donald. Only he could get away with something like that. In real life, cows would knock you senseless if you tried that.

Donald ends up as usual, knocked silly because he overdoes it. The fly manages to get loose and bite Clementine, forcing her to kick Donald and send him flying into the barn. The closing scenes show both Clementine and the fly laughing. It’s a classic end to a short that is quite funny throughout, and well worth watching.


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Model Sheet
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    Sources

    James Patton "Jack" King: Director
    • Unverified

    Paul Allen: Animator
    • Unverified

    Edward "Ed" Love: Animator
    • Unverified

    Carl Barks: Story
    • Unverified

    Jack Hannah: Story
    • Unverified

    Walter Elias "Walt" Disney: Producer
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)